“What you went through was unimaginable. I wouldn’t want that to happen to me nor to anyone else,” I often receive messages like these and the answer is that you don’t have to and you can actually do something about it.
I have met a lot of bereaved parents who hold strong convictions to promote awareness or advocacies to help save another child’s life. But you do not need to experience death to make a difference?
Recently, a young man messaged me through Facebook:
“Teacher tine, I don’t know if you remember me, but I was your student in Sunday school when I was young. Now I am currently working and praying to make a difference to the youth. I want you to know that you had a strong influence in my life growing up”.
It has been more than 18 years I think?
It got me teary eyed because I remembered a boy back in a shelter for boys who did not know when his birthday was. He didn’t even have a birth certificate. The following week upon meeting him, I brought him a cake and candles to blow. It was nothing fancy. Just a simple bakery cake with candles yet his eyes cried a river and his smile was priceless.
“Hindi mo man alam kelan ang birthday mo o kung sino ang mga magulang mo pero sana itong simpleng regalo na ito ay magpapaalala sayo na may nagmamahal sayo. At ito ay si Hesus. Tangapin mo cya sa iyong puso at pinapangako nya na sa buhay ng sigla at iyak habang ikaw at lumamalaki, siya ay kasama mo. Mahalin mo cya at mabuhay ka para sa kanya” (You may not know when your birthday is nor who your parents are but may this simple gift be a reminder that someone loves you. And that is Jesus. Accept Him in your heart and He promises to always be with you in good times and in difficult times of your life. Love Him and live for Him)
I do not know what has happened with this young boy, but I trust that the Lord will continue to transform his life.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’[a] 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] There is no commandment greater than these” Mark 12:30-31
We were created for others
Which is why I have chosen and am proud to support the #touchofcare advocacy of Vicks Touch of care fund; For every 50g jar of Vicks Vaporub or Babyrub sold in Mercury Drug, a peso goes to the child protection efforts of Save The Children Philippines
They respond to protect children during emergencies, including children subjected to violence, exploitation, children associated with armed groups and family separation. They help children by giving appropriate care including neglected and/or abused children. They also create temporary learning space and child-friendly spaces when disasters happen. They also provide shelter, clean water, food, health and emotional care to the children.
One of the stories of the volunteers of Courageous Light shared that they have been wanting to help but they don’t know how or where. I am glad that a big company such as Vicks Philippines has created more opportunities for the Filipino community to be given the power to care for others.
In our generation of “selfies” and social media, advocacies like these is a constant reminder to practice “less of self and more of others” because your #TouchOfCare can touch more lives. Each of us has the capacity to transform lives. We simply have to act on it. Learning to love
One step higher in helping is to become a foster parent
There are more than 100 babies abandoned and orphanages are running out of space and some grow up or wait 1 to 3 years not knowing what it means to have a home.
Should you wish to take the action to transform further, have you also considered to becoming a foster parent? Being a foster parent is to welcome a child into their home on a temporary basis until they are approved for adoption.
I have gathered information about becoming a foster parent before but decided that I need to make sure that my emotional state is balanced and that my children are also ready.
“Norfil Foundation looks for families who are willing, interested and motivated to take kids into their homes and treat them as members of their families even on a temporary basis. Quite a lot of foster families belong to the low-income group but they have the motivation, the love, the parenting capability but financially they're not in a position to help the child on a long-term basis. "Last year, we were able to serve these children through these foster homes. They stay between 6 to 8 months and eventually some of their families resolve their problems, reunite with their birth families, while some went into adoption,"
" – Tere Nuqui, Norfil Foundation Executive Director.
People need the Lord.
You may be the closest that a person may experience and understand that love and grace of Jesus.
I have met a couple of foster families who regularly care for children and help them feel the touch of care as early as possible in their lives. The love and care that comes from being a part of a family can help change the story of these children and provide a life of hope.
Qualifications to becoming licensed foster family / parent:
a. must be at least 25 years old
b. be of good moral character, emotionally mature, physically fit and healthy and financially secure.
c. Genuinely interested in parenting a child not related to you.
d. Able to provide a wholesome family atmosphere and nurturing environment to a child.
e. Able to provide a safe, clean and healthy environment for the child.
You need to fill up a form, attend a foster care forum and a social worker will visit you to do a background check and teach how to handle separation while waiting for the child to formally be adopted by a different family. It usually takes 1-3 years for the adoption process. Most are adopted internationally and on rare occasions, families actually adopt these children.
If you often volunteer in medical missions, outreaches or possibly in your own community or family, I hope you can include in purchasing Vicks Baby Rub. The ingredients differ from the Vicks with Camphor. The Vicks baby rub ingredients only has aloe Vera, coconut oil, lavender, rosemary and eucalyptus.
You may have heard of essential oils as a great benefit to support but not treat sickness but it is quite expensive. Vicks Baby Rub is a great alternative but be sure to practice safety measures as with any essential oil and use a small finger tip and thinly spread and apply to only the chest and the back (do not put below the nostrils nor neck). This should not be used a medicine.